Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week Ten Bible Study: Considering A Field

Most of the ladies reading this are probably not going to be doing a great deal of real estate investment. The majority of us will likely never consider planting a vineyard, however, we can still learn much from the Proverbs 31 Woman of Valor as she considers fields, buys and plants her vineyard. 


Let us begin by praying for guidance as we study the Word this week. Then, read Proverbs 31:10-31.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

This week we will be focusing on verse 16 and the mention of the virtuous wife's hands.

We are going to look at each of the words in this verse rather quickly and then compile what we have learned to help us better apply this verse to our own lives. 

We are first going to look at the meaning of she considereth. Take notes on how the word is used, then quickly skim through the other passages to get a feel for how the word is used elsewhere. Note that this word has to do with murmuring or muttering (talking to oneself in a low voice).

Can you hear this woman thinking to herself? Can you hear her pondering, "Is this piece of land worth the money? Does it have the correct grade and sun exposure to grow good grapes? Can I afford to withdraw this much money from my savings?" Perhaps she asks a local farmer to come look at the soil with her. Is it rich enough to produce a hearty crop?

She takes her time, considering if this is a wise use of her resources.


Looking at the meaning of field next, it is fairly self explanatory. The root word is interesting though, it means to spread out. Keep this in mind.

The word buyeth is next. There are words here that evoke the image of military (at them to your military images page). Words like seizing or capturing bring to mind a picture of a military leader surveying a battlefield, thinking through his strategy and taking possession of it. 

The valiant wife is thinking, evaluating, strategizing and then claiming the field for her own. She purchases this land with the fruit of her hands. She's worked hard! She has resources set aside, investing them wisely will add to her household's wealth.

It is noteworthy that she doesn't go into debt for this business venture. She doesn't spend money that she doesn't already have. She is simply seeking to increase what she has. 


She plants a vineyard, a long term investment. It will take at least two years of labor and patience before she can harvest a crop from this vineyard. What does this say of her character?

Based on our study of these words, summarize what the Proverbs 31 Woman does in verse 16 in your notebooks. Then meditate on the verse. What can we learn from the virtuous wife's example? What can we imitate as we watch her consider, murmur, and strategize over the spread out field before her? What is she teaching us as she takes possession of it and invests time and energy to improve and cultivate it?


We have different "fields" in our lives. Fields that we need to seize and cultivate. Our children will only be with us for a short time, do we have a plan? How will we prepare them? Doe we have goals that we are seeking to accomplish?

We have long term projects in our families. Perhaps buying or building a home, writing a book, starting a business, etc. How can we strategize in order to take hold of these "fields"?

This woman can also teach us about thinking carefully before committing to new obligations. Do we weight the costs before we take on new responsibilities or do we just dive in and then regret our decision?

Continue to meditate on this for awhile? What is God teaching you through it? Record your thoughts, then act on what you have learned.


With Our Children

Read Proverbs 31:10-16 together

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Then let your children use dress up materials and props to act out the virtuous wife's activities in verses 10-16. Tape them so they can watch themselves and later, have them perform for Daddy.

Talk with them about what you have learned and the importance of planning and discernment. 


Have a blessed week Ladies,

Audrey

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